Togetherness is the key as Chichester City mark end of season

Players, supporters and staff of Chichester City joined together for the club’s annual presentation night.

Chairman Mike Madden spoke of his delight at how far the club had come in the past 18 months.

He said: “I believe this is the first time in our history that all sections of the senior club have joined together to celebrate the season gone.

“It confirms that we are well on the way to putting past problems behind us and moving forward as a united club.”

He praised the performance of teams in all sections and at all levels, with the ladies’ fine performance in the third tier of the national league, the under-18s outstanding success as county champions and the men’s significant achievement of retaining county league division-one status with a young and inexperienced side, built around local, homegrown talent.

Madden acknowledged the many successes of the club’s youth set-up, who continued to do the main club proud, under youth chairman Andy Gilbert, along with the community football efforts of the ladies’ section and proposed roll-out of similar projects to be provided by the men.

The provision of a disability football scheme is among initiatives planned next season.

He added: “The club has, understandably, come up for some criticism in the recent past but we are grateful to the supporters and local businesses who have helped us achieve this transformation.

“I hope that the people of Chichester are starting to see that we are building a club they can be proud of and will continue to support us moving forward.”

Award winners: First-team - players’ player - Ken Hagan; Manager’s player - Peter Hibbert; Most improved - Frazer Smith; Development squad players’ player - Joe Manners; Manager’s player - Joe Manners; Clubman Trophy - Shaun Matharu; Ladies’ players’ player - Hollie Wride; Manager’s player - Lucie Challen; Most improved - Emma Alexandre; Ladies’ reserves’ players’ player - Jemma Cottam-Verbruggen; Manager’s player - Jess Harnett; Most improved - Amber Beaven; U18s players’ player - Matt Boulton; Manager’s player - Johan Vandriel; Most improved - Will Boutwood.